University Of Virginia Will Remove Eight Ailing Trees
12, 2000 -- University of Virginia landscape officials
have identified eight old trees that are ailing and plan to remove
them during the coming semester break.
trees, including six on the historic Lawn and two in nearby pavilion
gardens, will be replaced. "They have reached a point in their
lives where if we allow them to remain any longer, they will represent
a hazardous situation," said Jeff Ertel, superintendent of
landscape for Facilities Management. There are more than 70 trees
on the Lawn itself.
ailing trees have been fertilized, pruned and cabled for a number
of years in an effort to keep them viable. University staff and
consulting arborists recently evaluated the sick trees and advised
that additional efforts could not stabilize their decline. Some
of the larger trees may date to 1870, said University Landscape
Architect Mary Hughes.
six Lawn trees include two large ash, two small ash, a red maple
and a sugar maple. The other two, in the gardens of Pavilion III
and Pavilion IX, are both large ash.
University has a policy to replace trees that are lost, Ertel said.
"Over the last several years we have been trying to put back
more trees than we remove," he said. No decision has been made
about the species to be planted.
tree removal is scheduled to be carried out by a contracted firm
over the semester break to minimize disruption to normal activities
on the Grounds.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298